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Standing tall on “Judges Hill” the East facing slope of the treasured Buena Vista Park, this lofty Modern, re-designed Italianate Victorian has preserved the best of its original features:  airy rooms, soaring ceilings and gorgeous millwork resulting in a beautifully conceived, livable work of art.  The handsomely rebuilt façade follows original photos for historical accuracy and includes an impressive, recently built, two car side-by-side garage, handsome entry stair and sunny blue stone deck with container garden of citrus and fragrant shrubs.  The massive original double panel doors with newly designed frosted glass panels and intricately engraved door hardware open to an impressive entry foyer.  The grand staircase is open to an expansive hall from which the living room, formal dining room and family room can be accessed. Luminous from beautiful window bays, these lovely rooms provide a fantastic flow, and feature outstanding period detail: restored fireplaces, substantial crown moldings, deep baseboards.   Hand-picked, art quality light fixtures bring a creative spirit to this fresh open home.  The family room is fitted with a massive antique salvaged bar providing library and media storage. A jewel box of a powder room serves this level.

The architect-designed kitchen is a refined, sleek, elegant environment for serious cooks their friends and family.  A glass enclosure opens the space on two sides to Southwest light.   A wall of glass opens the house to the garden through massive German-made sliding doors to the terraced garden featuring a hand built brick oven and raised garden beds. A robust island opens to seat 10,  custom built, walnut casework, Wolf range, Sub-zero refrigeration and Pietro Cordosa counters enhance this inventive, functional place -  the heart of the home.

Upstairs are 3 bright bedrooms, one a master suite with private deck facing the garden, mahogany closets and bath with step in shower, Ann Sacks tile, bamboo cabinets. The two additional bedrooms share a jack & jill bath. The front bedroom flooded with eastern light has city lights and water views.  A front loading laundry complete this level.  

The polished suite below is radiant heated and designed for flexible use:  media room, study area, au pair or guest suite with a custom designed murphy bed and full bath with Waterworks fittings.   A private entry accesses the front deck.  The storage and mechanical room is fitted with two stands of storage racks and make accessing the household systems easy.

The home is in a sought after, center-of-the-city location equidistant from Cole Valley, Eureka Valley, NOPA , Mission Dolores and transportation to all points.  On a special block, in the company of other spectacular period and modern architecture, this is a quintessential San Francisco home.

Architecture by Ross Levy Art & Architecture and Schwartz Architecture

Kitchen Featured in Dwell, 7X7, Resident Architect and the San Francisco Chronicle

DeSousa Hughes Interior Design

Garden consultation, Flora Grubb Gardens


4 bedrooms, 3.5 Baths on 3 Levels
Meticulous Restoration of 1884, Italianate Residence
Distinguished, Thoughtful, Architecture
Exquisitely Crafted, Modern Finish Details and Green Features
Expansive Floor Plan Culminating in a Terraced Garden
Beautifully Appointed Chef’s Kitchen with Hand Built Brick Oven on Terrace
Stunning Water and Corona Heights Views
Master with Private Ipe & Mahogany Deck
Lower Level Guest Suite + Media Room with Custom Radiant Heat 
Solar Array Sufficient for Household Use
Steel Reinforced Concrete Two Car, Side by Side Garage


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Wendy Storch
Sotheby's International Realty
calDRE# 01355516
415.519.6091 mobile
415.901.1745 direct


50 Buena Vista Terrace